Skip to content

Work Packages 2 - Booklet with intergenerational activities including best practices applied in partner countries

Best Practices

Best practices applied in partner countries that encompass creative indoor/outdoor activities in a transgenerational context, and which were proved to build intergenerational team spirit. Best practices are also related to new technologies in use;

Environment and sustainable environment
Best practice 1 (indoor)
Title of best practiceCity of Generations
SubjectIntergenerational education and cooperation
Type of good practiceProgram / Project
Type of resourceArticle / Website
Linkhttps://bip.brpo.gov.pl/pl/content/%E2%80%9Emiasto-pokole%C5%84%E2%80%9D-wroc%C5%82aw
CountryPoland
Languages availablePolish
DescriptionThe idea behind the “City of Generations” program was to develop the understanding of old age among children and youth as a natural phase of development, a stage of life equal to others. Old age was presented as a dynamic, active and diverse developmental period. In addition, the older generation gained a chance to increase the sense of being noticed and needed, and to overcome alienation resulting from cultural distance.
The first edition of the program was implemented from October 2011 to May 2012. Numerous meetings, lectures and intergenerational workshops were organized: ecological workshops, computer classes, art workshops and many more. On December 12, 2012, a debate summarizing the program was held.
Classes were organized periodically, at least once a month. They were conducted by educators and by seniors. Each senior-educator – passionate or experienced practitioner in a given field – conducted his classes in several educational institutions. Lectures, workshops and meetings were held, among other, on the following topics: environment, healthy lifestyle, caring for animals and plants at home and in the garden.
Many educational institutions in Wrocław participated in the pilot program “City of Generations”. The program was attended by almost 300 beneficiaries (children and youth) and educators – seniors from Wrocław’s Universities of the Third Age.
The program became so popular that next editions were launched and it is continued till now.
Key stakeholders / Target groupsChildren from kindergartens, primary, middle and high school students, and seniors
Digital tools used (if applicable)n/a
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)n/a
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)n/a
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleCenter of Information and Social Development, Wrocław Senior Center Department
Contact details and website+48 (71) 77249 13

http://www.seniorzy.wroclaw.pl/
Information that you believe should be includedIn 2014, the “City of Generations” project was awarded with the entry in the Golden Book of Good Practices for Social Participation of the Elderly for undertaking educational activities focused on changing the attitudes of children and youth towards the elderly and perceiving old age by the young generation as a natural phase of life.
Best practice 2 (outdoor)
Title of best practiceHerbs and bees
SubjectHerbs, environment, education
Type of good practiceProject
Type of resourceWebsite
Linkhttp://www.dlaboronowa.pl/ziola.html
CountryPoland
Languages availablePolish
DescriptionDuring walks and local workshops, seniors and younger participants learned about local herbs and the life of bees, as well as traditional recipes for dishes and cosmetics. During art classes, they made mascots promoting the project – bees, which they distributed to the local residents.
They also prepared a herbarium, which was the basis for creating an application for the phone – a game about herbs. Thanks to the work on the game, the seniors learned new technologies, and the young participants got acquainted with selected plants, recipes, the herb harvest calendar and the tradition of herbal medicine.
The summary of the project was a herbal and honey picnic, during which the implemented activities were presented.
Key stakeholders / Target groupsSeniors and youth
Digital tools used (if applicable)An application for the phone – a game about herbs
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)n/a
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)n/a
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleStowarzyszeniedlaBoronowa
Contact details and website+48 (34) 3539 055

http://www.dlaboronowa.pl/ziola.html
Information that you believe should be includedThe project “Herbs and bees” was financed by the Association of Creative Initiatives “ę” within the “Seniors in Action” program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation.
Healthy lifestyle/ Food & cooking
Best practice 1 (indoor)
Title of best practiceLizz – The digital care assistant
SubjectDigital nutrition coach for vulnerable at home
Type of good practiceProject
Type of resourceArticle
LinkWhat can digital nutrition coach LIZ do for vulnerable elderly people at home in the diet treatment? – NVD (nvdietist.nl)
Digital coach Liz • News for dietitians (nieuwsvoordietisten.nl)
CountryNetherlands
Languages availableEnglish / Dutch
DescriptionOne in ten older adults living at home is malnourished. E-health may contribute to self-management, independency, and participation of older people in the home situation and herewith to treatment of malnutrition. However, for adoption of e-health devices, it is important that the e-health solution is applicable in daily practice. Therefore, the primary research question of this study was: ‘What are the desires and expectations of (vulnerable) older adults and of dietitians for a digital nutrition coach to improve dietary treatment in the home situation?’
The ideal digital nutrition coach must be able to: give reminders, help reading food labels, ask and answer questions, explaining on food, disease and health, share recipes and support with the groceries. During the data collection it appeared that most older adults find it difficult and confronting to talk about the future, in which loss of function may occur.
Results of this study have been used to (further) develop a digital nutrition coach, which is now being field-tested.
Key stakeholders / Target groupsVulnerable elderly at home; The support on how to use this digital assistant can be enhanced through an intergenerational activity.
Digital tools used (if applicable)Digital nutrition coach LIZ
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)Still under further development and being tested in practice
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)Liz currently consists of a tablet with a plastic “doll” around it. This prototype was developed after first research into the wishes and needs of dietitians and clients. Liz has also been tried by dietitians and the elderly. Kotten: ‘Several elderly people have had Liz at home for a few weeks and often they were disappointed when Liz had to leave after those test weeks.’
This digital assistant has the opportunity to be also used for creative activities trans generationally.
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleLizz – the digital care assistant (halloliz.nl)
Contact details and websiteContact to author / provider / organization responsible.
Information that you believe should be includedHow this digital tool is being placed in the homes of the seniors and who is involved in the interaction between the seniors and the doctors.
Best practice 2 (outdoor)
Title of best practiceGardening and photography
SubjectAn activity that supports a healthy lifestyle
Type of good practiceOutdoor/ Free time
Type of resourceScientific articles
Linkhttps://www.bctra.org/wp-content/uploads/tr_journals/965-3780-1-PB.pdf


https://www.proquest.com/openview/64ee58f2afb7adfc8cd6dabbf6285c60/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=37068
CountryNetherlands
Languages availableEnglish
DescriptionResearch has shown that exercising can provide many benefits – both physical and emotional. Many elderly people get a lot of satisfaction from gardening. In addition, gardening also ensures that they stay fit. Gardening has many different health benefits, such as extra exercise and greater mobility. While seniors amongst other age groups can benefit from physical exercise, many do not participate in regular physical activity. Gardening represents one method for seniors to meet current recommendations for increasing physical activity. Community gardens represent great opportunities for professionals and specialists to collaborate with local agencies to encourage healthy lifestyles for older adults. In combination with photography, which is a kind of hobby that can benefit seniors in many ways; e.g. by improving their memory, coordination, mental and physical health, creativity, etc., seniors can be encouraged to photograph the gardens they work on. Photos and pictures also help stimulate memories through image association. The leader of the activity can help seniors to make an album of the pictures they took or to teach them how they can share their photographs with their friends, family or circle.
Key stakeholders / Target groupsSeniors but also available for all age groups
Digital tools used (if applicable)A senior has to be in possession of a camera or mobile phone and to have connection to the internet and contacts in mobile applications in order to share their photographs digitally.
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)Access to gardening facility may be difficult to find. Furthermore, not every senior has a mobile device with a camera and internet connection, which may exclude some seniors. However when working with a group, they can make use of another seniors’ digital technology. In addition, in order for this activity to take place, there needs to be suitable weather conditions. If gardening is a bit more difficult, seniors can opt for special garden tools, such as tools with an extension so that they do not have to bend over.
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)It would be best if this activity was held during suitable weather conditions and could be combined with lunch and a momentum to exchange contact details with other seniors.
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleCan be organized by anyone.
Contact details and websiteContact the provider / organizer responsible.
Information that you believe should be includedN/A
Traditions, norms, customs
Best practice 1 (indoor)
Title of best practiceA Resource Kit for Teachers. Intergenerational education
SubjectTraining programme
Type of good practiceReport
Type of resourceReport
Linkhttps://ich.unesco.org/doc/src/52066-EN.pdf
CountryEuropeanUnion
Languages availableEnglish
DescriptionThe resource kit from the joint UNESCO-EU pilot project emphasizes the synergistic relationship between intergenerational learning and digital engagement. By uniting the strengths of tradition and technology, it seeks to enrich the educational experience, ensuring that living heritage remains a vibrant and relevant part of the learning journey.It is a valuable educational resource that draws on the lessons learned from a joint UNESCO-EU pilot project. The resource kit aims to support teachers in incorporating living heritage into their teaching practices. Here is a summary of the key aspects covered in the resource:
1. Understanding Living Heritage: The resource kit introduces the concept of living heritage, emphasizing its dynamic nature and its significance in local communities.
2. Integrating Living Heritage into Education: The kit highlights the importance of integrating living heritage into educational curricula.
3. Teaching Approaches and Methodologies: The resource kit offers various teaching approaches and methodologies that can be used to incorporate living heritage into the classroom and out-of-class activities.
4. Cross-Curricular Connections: The kit promotes interdisciplinary learning by showcasing how living heritage can be integrated into multiple subjects across the curriculum.
5. Local Community Collaboration: Recognizing the role of local communities in safeguarding and transmitting living heritage, the resource kit emphasizes the importance of collaboration.
6. Digital Tools and Resources: The kit acknowledges the potential of digital tools and resources in exploring and sharing living heritage.
7. Assessment and Evaluation: The resource kit offers insights into assessing and evaluating student learning related to living heritage.
8. Professional Development: Recognizing the need for teacher training and professional development, the kit provides recommendations for capacity-building initiatives.
Overall, “Teaching and Learning with Living Heritage: A Resource Kit for Teachers” serves as a comprehensive guide for educators interested in incorporating living heritage into their classrooms/ out-of-class activities. It provides practical strategies, examples, and resources to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of local cultural traditions, fostering cultural diversity, identity, and sustainable development.
Key stakeholders / Target groupsGovernments, non-governmental institutions, schools, universities / teachers, and all age students
Digital tools used (if applicable)N/A
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)N/A
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)N/A
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleUNESCO-EU Pilot Project
Contact details and websitehttps://ich.unesco.org/en/resources-for-teachers-01180
Information that you believe should be includedThis resource kit places a strong emphasis on fostering intergenerational learning as a fundamental approach to heritage education. Recognizing the wealth of knowledge embedded in different age groups, it provides strategies for facilitating meaningful interactions between generations. Through activities that encourage storytelling, shared experiences, and collaborative projects, the kit aims to bridge the gap between the wisdom of the past and the curiosity of the present, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of living heritage.
Best practice 2 (outdoor)
Title of best practiceFestivals in Cuenca
SubjectPopular culture and traditions of Cuenca that survive and represent the identity of those who celebrate them.
Type of good practiceSocial initiative / campaign
Type of resourceWebsite
Linkhttp://en.www.turismocastillalamancha.es/fiestas/cuenca/
CountrySpain
Languages availableSpanish/ English
DescriptionThe digital and intergenerational approach in the popular culture and traditions of Cuenca, a city in the Castilla-La Mancha region of Spain. It represents a dynamic blend of preserving heritage while embracing modern methods of communication and participation. In Cuenca, traditional celebrations and cultural events are not only sustained through conventional means but also through the utilization of digital platforms and the active involvement of diverse age groups.
The link provided directs to the official tourism website for the region, highlighting various festivals and events that contribute to Cuenca’s rich cultural tapestry. In the context of a digital approach, these traditions are likely to be documented, promoted, and shared online. This digital presence serves as a bridge between the past and the present, making cultural experiences accessible to a wider audience and ensuring their continuity in the digital era.
The intergenerational aspect emphasizes the involvement of people across different age groups in the celebration and preservation of Cuenca’s cultural heritage. Elders play a crucial role in passing traditions to younger generations, fostering a sense of continuity and identity. Simultaneously, younger members of the community bring new perspectives and vitality, infusing the traditions with a contemporary relevance.
The website likely provides information about the various festivals and celebrations that take place in Cuenca. It might include details about the dates, traditions, and customs of these festivals, providing insights into the cultural heritage of the region. The information may cover both religious and secular festivities, showcasing the diversity of events celebrated in Cuenca throughout the year.
You can expect to find descriptions of popular festivals, such as Holy Week (Semana Santa), which is widely celebrated in Spain and often features processions, religious rituals, and traditional music and dance performances. Other events may include local patron saint festivals, folklore celebrations, and regional traditions specific to Cuenca.
The website might also provide practical information and tips for experiencing the festivals firsthand. It may offer suggestions for exploring the city and its surrounding areas, highlighting attractions and landmarks that are particularly significant during these festive occasions.
In summary, the digital and intergenerational approach to popular culture and traditions in Cuenca not only safeguards the cultural heritage but also ensures its relevance and accessibility in the modern age. This inclusive approach fosters a sense of community and identity among the celebrants, creating a vibrant tapestry that weaves together the old and the new.
Key stakeholders / Target groupsAll age groups
Digital tools used (if applicable)N/A
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)N/A
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)N/A
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleSpanish National Plan for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Contact details and websitehttps://www.culturaydeporte.gob.es/planes-nacionales/enlaces/plan-nacional-salvaguardia-patrimonio-cultural-inmaterial.html
Information that you believe should be includedhttps://cultura.castillalamancha.es/etiquetas/patrimonio-inmaterial

https://www.juntacofradiascuenca.es/la-pasion-en-cuenca/interes-turistico-internacional
Intergenerational art and craft ideas
Best practice 1 (indoor)
Title of best practiceGenerációk interkulturális párbeszéde
Intercultural Dialogue of Generations
Subjectintergenerational art cooperation
Type of good practiceproject and events
Type of resourcearticle, website, pdf file
Linkhttp://www.bmknet.hu/bmk-magunkrol-menupont/bmk-nemzetkozi-projektek/grundtvig-svp/generaciok-interkulturalis-parbeszede/5489-generaciok-interkulturalis-parbeszede



http://www.bmknet.hu/images/stories/nemzetkozi/svp/nmet_nkntesek_ budapesti_bemutatja_kicsi.pdf
CountryHungary
Languages availableHungarian
DescriptionWithin the framework of the European Union project “Intercultural dialogue of generations”, we welcomed four German elderly volunteers in October 2012, and four Hungarian volunteers over 50 traveled to Germany in May 2013.
Volunteers from both countries compiled material for an exhibition and presented their country’s culture within the framework of informal events and open discussions (cafe conversations). The possible topics ranged from everyday practical knowledge to historical events to the presentation of elements of contemporary literacy.
Some topics of the events: German/Hungarian literature, traditions and legends, German/Hungarian political life, economic issues, language and dialects, the world of German/Hungarian theater, the life of generations in today’s Germany/Hungary, historical and geographical connections, faith and religion, environmental protection, music
During the photo shoot and the lecture series, there was also the opportunity to discover each other’s culture.
In the project, we also tried to promote cooperation between generations. Young people also participated in the photography and the performances.
At the end of the volunteer work, the volunteers prepared a presentation illustrated with pictures, which was presented to the local community in the host country. The presentation summarized the results of the project and also contributed to the promotion of voluntary work.
The Hungarian volunteers also reported on the exciting and busy period in Germany in Hungary. During the event organized for the domestic public, a presentation illustrated with pictures was held, and on the same day the exhibition presenting the project was opened in the gallery of the BMK.
Key stakeholders / Target groups– German and Hungarian pensioners
– social workers
– young artists
– volunteers
Digital tools used (if applicable)– Video camera
– Camera
– Laptop
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)– narrowing down the topics
– preparation of computer presentations
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)N/A
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleBudapest Cultural Centre (BBC)
Contact details and websiteContact: Krisztián Bakó
BudapestiMűvelődésiKözpont (Budapest Cultural Centre)
Phone: + 36 1 371 2779
E-mail: international@bmknet.hu; informacio@bmknet.hu
Address:
Budapest,
Etele út 55/a.
Information that you believe should be includedN/A
Best practice 2 (outdoor)
Title of best practiceBeszéljen a tárlat!
Let the exhibition do the talking!
Subjectintergenerational art cooperation
Type of good practicetraining program
Type of resourcearticle
Linkhttp://epa.oszk.hu/01900/01963/00048/pdf/EPA01963_informacios_ tarsadalom_2015_2_080-086.pdfhttp://epa.oszk.hu/01900/01963/00048/pdf/EPA01963_informacios_ tarsadalom_2015_2_080-086.pdf
CountryHungary
Languages availableHungarian
DescriptionOur aim was to create an intergenerational art project, the main objective of which is to bring the generations together, increase social competence and evoke the personal past in relation to the museum’s topics. The session took place as a series of programs covering four occasions, for which we expected 10 elderly people and 10 young people for 1.5 hours once a week. The venue was the Hungarian Trade and Hospitality Museum
The project began with getting to know the museum’s permanent exhibition related to catering, as the tasks were also related to the topic of catering and the profile of the museum. Then followed the division into teams and getting to know each other. The formation of the teams was given by a random game, naturally so that each team has young and old people. One of the objectives of the project was for the elderly to use technical tools during their tasks, the handling of which is obvious to the young, so that the elderly can also get to know some modern technologies
After a playful quiz that helped recall and record what was heard at the exhibition, we handed out a multi-page brochure named “Memory Booklet”, on the pages of which inspirational texts and images related to the topics heard during the guided tour were found. We defined five main topics: pastry shops, restaurants and cafes, forms of entertainment, travel, catering at home. We asked the participants to take the notebook home and write down their memories and feelings about the given topics, as well as to bring personal pictures and objects related to the topics that they would like to talk about for the next session.
The next session began with the presentation of the booklets and the presentation of photos and objects brought from home. We would like for the dialogue to start, and for them to reflect on each other’s experiences and memories, through which they discover that the two generations are not far from each other, and that there are many places and memories that appear in the lives of both of them. This has been implemented in several cases. After recalling the memories and looking at the photos, we asked them to process their shared memories in teams.
The memories were processed through the creation of a subjective map. The task of the two-person teams was to create a map around a topic or topics found in the “Memory Book”, which would process their memories related to it, with particular regard to visually presenting the points at which their lives are connected. There were several good solutions for the task. There were those who elaborated on their travels, marking each location with a pin and their impressions related to the hospitality associated with them, and then using stretched threads to indicate where they went, thus also visually presenting the common points. Another group drew a tree, whose fresh leaves represented the young girl’s memories of hospitality, and the yellowing leaves represented the old lady’s. During the joint creation, the map was supplemented with drawings and inscriptions, which encouraged the teammates to start new conversations. We entrusted them with digitizing the photos and objects they brought and incorporating them into the map, for which they had to use modern tools such as a scanner or a computer. In addition to the subjective processing of individual topics, they searched for relevant, objective content using the Internet. The joint work gave the two generations the opportunity to get to know each other’s thoughts, personalities and individual events in their lives more deeply, thereby narrowing the generation gap.
Key stakeholders / Target groups– Pensioners (from an elderly home in Budapest)
– Students (16 years old from a high school)
Digital tools used (if applicable)N/A
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)– flexible partners for the successful organization (elderly homes, schools, museums etc.)
– strong and convincing communication (the older generation are not used to it in order to be activated as visitors, so from those programs and tasks at first they shy away)
– detailed information about the organization and the program is important in the initial phase. The members of both generations see why they should participate in the program!
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)Among my plans is to use the experiences of my thesis to carry out further research and develop a strategy that could help the realization of all these goals. The Hungarian Trade and Hospitality Museum – with which a closer bond has been established – supports the development of additional programs, and the Social Services and secondary schools also welcome the possibility of cooperation. According to my hopes, in the future, more intergenerational and elderly programs can be launched with either state or European Union funding.
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleMerényi Zita Bettina (academic tutor) – MOME (Moholy-Nagy University Art and Design)
Contact details and websitehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/zita-merenyi-54476b95/
Information that you believe should be includedN/A
Hobbies, passions and interests
Best practice 1 (indoor)
Title of best practiceART. Bulans
SubjectHobbies, passions and interests
Type of good practiceproject and events
Type of resourceartworks, photos, videos
Linkhttps://przedzalniasztuki.pl/category/projekty-artystyczno-spoleczne/

https://www.facebook.com/utwahe
CountryPoland
Languages availablePolish
DescriptionProject ART. Bulans
Organiser – The Art Spinning Factory Foundation, Partner University of the Third Age Academy of Humanities and Economics in Lodz (UTW).
The project aimed to stimulate the interests and hobbies of seniors, develop their artistic passions and inspire them to take up other hobby-related activities.
On 22.06.2022, a Performative workshop was held with the participation of 27 seniors from the UTW and students and students of a secondary school and artists from the Art Yarn Factory. It was a fully interdisciplinary event, combining visual arts (painting, photography, printmaking, etc.) with music, movement and choreography or relaxation and breathing techniques offering the audience relaxation and self-discovery through art. Participants, under the watchful eye of our specialised interpersonal ARTbulance team, stepped into the role of full-fledged co-creators of the events and were introduced to artistic techniques and strategies in a friendly, accessible way. Divided into groups of five, they underwent a full cycle of holistic art treatment.
PROGRAMME :
a. Mobile first-eye CABINET // Dr. Eva Nitro // making an initial diagnosis of a group disease among ARTpatients by means of a third-eye subconscious projection // questionnaire exploring surprising aspects of the ART personality // referral to appropriate ART specialist offices
b. PHOTOrentgen // Dr. Agnieszka // joint or individual work of varying dynamics (depending on the diagnosis) on X-rays of selected organs and body parts // attempt at symbolic, syncretic and simultaneous regeneration of sore spots through breath, colour, words and photographs
c. BREATH CABINET – Radical Cleansing Practice // Dr. Adam // building a sense of safety in the shared exploration of the vibrations of one’s own body and vocal cords through deep conscious breathing // releasing emotions in improvisation // from breathing to… sighing, yawning, humming, singing, shouting and giggling to… stimulate creativity // stimulating the vagus nerve responsible for the desire to explore and interact on a social level
d. OPERATION ROOM // Dr. Bosakula // non-invasive method of reading thoughts and transforming them into a graphic sign on the skin of ARTpatients // sensory experience of the artacupuncture of thoughts, graphic release of accumulated emotions under the skin through external artistic intervention combined with a dialogue of purifying words // effect of a pleasant sensation on the surface of the skin combined with a deeply embalming trace in the conflicted inner space.
e. ICU – Intensive Music Care Unit // Dr. Aleksandra // joint meditative playing of instruments that perceptibly resonate // in-ear therapy with live generated sounds (acoustic listening) // therapy with inner imaginary voices (verbal scores ) // agreement of the sonic self with sound reality (listening to the environment and one’s own thoughts)
f. SOUND ACUPRESSURE CABINET // Dr. Pawel // live performance of a disease-specific improvised viola piece based on ARTpatients’ MUDR (mudra – a symbolic gesture, an arrangement of the hands referring to the elements of nature linked to the fingers) // strengthening, calming and reassuring // visualization of positive states of souls and minds // gentle MUZOHypnosis
g. (Non)movement rehabilitation CABINET // Dr. Anna // from yoga asana (ART)trope to collective (ART)trope ARTbulance to rehabilitative effortless human dance // from surgical precision movements to spontaneous flow combining free movement and breath // rhythm and extra-rhythm – generating a (non)tactile encephalogram that gives individual disease entities their own healing rhythm
Intergenerational yoga is an excellent way to gain deep cooperation and establish relationships between seniors and young people. Overworked young people will certainly benefit from the peace and ability to slow down by working with seniors. Forced, as it were, by the physical barriers to exercise by the seniors, they themselves will be forced to slow down and be more attentive when exercising. They, in turn, will help the seniors to prepare for and carry out the more difficult tasks and instructions of the instructor. The most important thing is that both feel the satisfaction of exercising together. The exchange of potentials will help the seniors to understand and perform the training correctly, and the young people will feel that they are needed, that they are a support for the older participants, while at the same time achieving the harmony and tranquillity imposed by the seniors’ somewhat limited abilities.
h. ABINET of the last ARTcontact- // Dr Endorphin //materialisation of the visualisations created in the Sound Acupressure Cabinet // CARDIO-calligraphy – graphic excerpt after the opening of the heart chakra // FINAL JUDGEMENT and EPIKRISE – free prescriptions for ART for a new way of ART life.
Seniors as well as pupils and students participated in the event together. Joined in action, they discovered new skills, passions and opportunities.
Key stakeholders / Target groups– Polish pensioners
– students
– young artists
– high school students
Digital tools used (if applicable)– Video camera
– Camera
– Laptops
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)– large and diverse group of participants
– multiple design elements at one time
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)The project remains in the educational offer of the Art Yarn Foundation – different audiences benefit from it.
Our senior citizens highly valued their participation in these workshops – we are preparing the next one with the participation of AHE pedagogy students.
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleFundacja Przędzalnia Sztuki (The Art Spinning Factory Foundation)
University of the Third Age Academy of Humanities and Economics in Lodz (UTW), Liceum Ogólnokształcące Umiejętności Twórczych.
Contact details and websiteContact: Monika Kamieńska
UTW AHE Coordinator,
ul. Sterlinga 26
90-212 Łódź
Mob. 48 607 696 855
https://przedzalniasztuki.pl/
www.ahe.lodz.pl
Information that you believe should be includedThe project was carried out over several months in various locations – in the field (the graduation towers behind the cultural centre, in the park, at KsiężyMłyn and in the halls of the AHE), and during each activity the above-described activities were organised for various audiences – children, young people, adults and seniors.
Best practice 2 (outdoor)
Title of best practiceAlumni Tourist Club of the Local Government University of the Third Age in Łódź
SubjectHobbies, passions and interests
Type of good practiceTourist Club
Type of resourceTourism, active leisure, movement and exercses
Linkhttps://www.facebook.com/suiiiwceknazubardzkiej/about
CountryPoland
Languages availablePolish
DescriptionThe Tourist Alumni Club of SUIIIW in Łódź is a grassroots initiative of the seniors gathered at the Cultural Education Centre in Żubardzka Street. The founder of the club, Mr Stefan, is a former tourist guide. His passion is pordogne and visiting interesting places. After several theoretical meetings, the Tourism Club was formed. The seniors regularly go on excursions, take active walks and explore the surroundings of Lodz. There are a variety of outdoor physical activities, such as a graduation towers.
Key stakeholders / Target groupsSeniors from SUIIIW in Lodz plus primary school children invited for walks.
Digital tools used (if applicable)PowerPoint and Google Maps for preparation of maps and descriptions of walks and excursions
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)Most of the activities are dependent on a good weather
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)Activities of Tourism Club are giving many opportunities, such as : continuation of activities by seniors outside the Club, expansion of the group with new seniors and inclusion of groups of children. The Club also strengthens intergenerational bonds through joint activities, outdoor activities and exploration of nature and places of interest together.
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleClub of Graduates and Supporters of the Local Government University of the Third Age, Łódź, at Żubardzka Street in Łódź
Contact details and websiteCoordinator : Ms. Dorota Grzegorczyk

Telephone: 42 651 67 47

https://www.facebook.com/suiiiwceknazubardzkiej/about
Information that you believe should be includedN/A
Cultural routes for dialogue between generations
Best practice 1 (indoor)
Title of best practiceΑντάμα-Generation Mix (Antamaprogram)
SubjectCultural routes for dialogue between generations
Type of good practiceCultural Activities
Type of resourceOnline Article
Linkhttps://www.artfix.gr/community/drasi/
CountryGreece
Languages availableGreek
DescriptionAntama is a program that aims to bring together younger and older generations by promoting communication and collaboration between them. It is designed to encourage the creation of continuity and communication among the elderly and younger creative individuals, who can offer a different perspective and ideas in today’s society.
The Athens Fringe community of the Synthesis Culture Society is responsible for organizing small, interactive artistic performances specially designed for the elderly in care homes. Actors and dancers, under the guidance of experts and specialists, bring new life to old Greek films through sketches, interactive games, projections, music, and dance scenes. These performances aim to break the social isolation of the elderly, filling their lives with laughter, voices, and joy.
Antama focuses on developing digital literacy skills, communication and collaboration skills, cultural sensitivity and empathy, and lifelong learning skills. Participants are encouraged to use digital tools to connect with younger generations, share their cultural heritage and traditions, and continue learning and exploring new digital tools and platforms beyond the program.
Key stakeholders / Target groupsThe key stakeholders and target groups for the Antama program are:
1. Elderly people: The primary target group of the program is elderly people who are often isolated and lack opportunities to socialize and engage with younger generations. The program aims to improve their quality of life by fostering intergenerational connections and providing them with opportunities to participate in cultural activities.
2. Younger generations: The program also targets younger generations who have the potential to bridge the gap between different age groups and contribute to the well-being of elderly people. They are encouraged to participate in the program by engaging in cross-generational communication and cultural exchange.
3. Artists and cultural organizations: The program involves collaborations with artists and cultural organizations who provide expertise in developing creative and interactive activities for the elderly. They play a key role in designing and implementing the program’s cultural workshops, performances, and other activities.
4. Care facilities: Care facilities such as nursing homes, retirement homes, and other elderly care centers are also key stakeholders in the Antama program. They provide the space and resources necessary for the program’s activities to take place, as well as facilitating access to elderly residents who are in need of social engagement and cultural stimulation.
Digital tools used (if applicable)N/A
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)N/A
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)N/A
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleThe “Antama” program is organized and provided by the Athens Fringe Network, a cultural organization in Greece. The program is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Greece, which aims to support projects that promote sustainable development and social cohesion.
Contact details and website-Email: antama@athensfringe.gr

-Website:
https://www.athensfringe.gr/antama/
Information that you believe should be includedN/A
Best practice 2 (outdoor)
Title of best practiceSmall tours for seniors (Μικρές ξεναγήσεις για μεγάλους)
SubjectCultural routes for dialogue between generations
Type of good practiceDigital activity
Type of resourceOnline Article
Linkhttps://www.ethnos.gr/culture/article/104009/hlikiomenoisthnattikhsyzhtoyngiathnsygxronhtexnh
CountryGreece
Languages availableGreek
DescriptionThe “Small Guided Tours for Seniors” program, initiated by the Vasilis & Eliza Goulandris Foundation in collaboration with the seveneleven theater group, takes an intergenerational approach to making modern and contemporary art accessible to older people in care homes. By integrating digital tools, the initiative offers a novel educational experience that is both stimulating and supportive.
The program uses the foundation’s extensive art collection to facilitate interaction between the elderly and the artworks. Younger volunteers, who play a central role in the intergenerational support structure, help the seniors use the technology required to participate in the virtual tours. This allows for shared learning experiences where the seniors can enjoy the art and the volunteers can gain insight into the perspectives and wisdom of the older generation.
The weekly sessions are structured to begin with an introductory presentation of an artwork from the Goulandris collection. This is followed by a dialogic exchange in which the seniors share their impressions and engage in a ‘game’ that incorporates elements of experiential learning. The discussion often includes a brief exploration of the artist’s life and interpretations of his works, leading to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the art.
The session concludes with a formal presentation of the artwork, which is a comprehensive and shared cultural experience. This ongoing engagement with art is seen not only as cultural enrichment, but also as a means of improving participants’ mental wellbeing and combating social exclusion.
By involving younger people in the process, the foundation not only helps to familiarize seniors with new technologies, but also creates a space for meaningful interaction between generations, promoting social cohesion and inclusion. This focus on contemporary digital means combined with the intergenerational aspect ensures that the program is not just a passive viewing of art, but facilitates a lively, inclusive and mutually beneficial cultural dialogue.
Key stakeholders / Target groups• Direct target group: Elderly individuals residing in nursing homes, with a focus on those who have limited or no access to art and cultural activities.
• Indirect target group: Young people/volunteers, possibly students or young professionals with an interest in art, technology, and social service, who can provide technological assistance and companionship to the seniors.
Digital tools used (if applicable)Computers, laptops, smartphones, video conferencing
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)1. Limited access to technology: Seniors may have limited access to digital tools or devices, which can make it difficult for them to participate in the program if it heavily relies on digital technology.
2. Limited interest: Some seniors may not be interested in participating in a tour or may prefer different types of activities.
3. Engagement of young volunteers: Recruiting and coordinating young volunteers to assist seniors and facilitate intergenerational activities may present logistical challenges.
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)N/A
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleThe “Small Tours for Seniors” initiative is organized and provided by the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation in collaboration with the seveneleven theater group.
Contact details and website• Email: info@goulandris.gr
• Website:
https://goulandris.gr/en/
Information that you believe should be includedN/A
Bridging the technological generation gap
Best practice 1 (indoor)
Title of best practiceOpen Discussion for ‘‘Solidarity between generations’’
SubjectOpen Discussion for ‘‘Solidarity between generations’’
Type of good practiceCultural Activities
Type of resourceOnline Article
Linkhttps://www.nedisy.org/drasis-nedisy/allileggyi-metaksi-ton-geneon/
CountryCyprus
Languages availableGreek
DescriptionThis event took place on April 29th, which was “Solidarity between Generations’’ Day. The purpose of the event was to discuss and exchange opinions about the solidarity between the older and younger generations, as well as to bridge the technological generational gap. The event was deemed a success because, both young and older participants had set the goal of fostering social inclusion, mutual support, and the transfer of skills, knowledge, and experiences between generations through their collaboration. The open discussion was relevant to topics related to the opportunities offered by the online world and the internet as well as the provision of sufficient digital tools in order to avoid any social disparities in the Cypriot society especially related to senior citizens. The event featured discussions on intergenerational solidarity and bridging the gap between young and older citizens. In addition, the need for the development of technical and cognitive skills was emphasized so that seniors can distinguish and evaluate the content of the information they encounter on the Internet, allowing them to make informed decisions without having their judgment influenced by fake news. Finally, the significance of the government’s work was acknowledged, as it has placed a high priority on the issue of active aging by prioritizing the promotion of the active participation of the elderly through actions that simultaneously strengthen intergenerational solidarity.


Key stakeholders / Target groupsYoung people, Senior citizens, Organization of senior citizens in Cyprus, Association of pensioners in Cyprus
Digital tools used (if applicable)N/A
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)N/A
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)N/A
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleYouth Democratic Association (ΝΕΔΗΣΥ)
Contact details and website-Τel: 22883200
-Email: neolaiadisy@gmail.com
Information that you believe should be includedN/A
Best practice 2 (outdoor)
Title of best practiceFree digital skills courses for the over-55s
SubjectBringing the technological intergeneration gap
Type of good practiceTraining Program
Type of resourceOnline Article
Linkhttps://cyprus-mail.com/2022/10/19/free-digital-skills-courses-for-the-over-55s/
CountryCyprus
Languages availableEnglish
DescriptionThe labour ministry announced the launch of free digital skills courses for people aged 55 and over.
The courses are being offered in all districts as part of the digital skills and e-government promotion project, which concerns the training of people aged 55 and over.
The courses will be free and will run for about 30 hours each.
Those interested can learn the basics of how to use computers and smartphones, office software, and collaboration tools.
A course on e-government and secure electronic transactions will also be offered, and people will be able through another course to develop digital skills for better health and well-being.
The courses will be funded by the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility in the context of the government’s Recovery and Resilience scheme.
Key stakeholders / Target groupsSenior citizens, youth, organizations, and associations working with elderlies, teachers, and educators
Digital tools used (if applicable)Computers, laptops, smartphones
Pitfalls and challenges (if applicable)“- Difficult to introduce technological activities in an outside setting.
– Participant differences and levels in ICT skills and knowledge may induce difficulties during the lesson.
– Seniors usually face a variety of health problems (e.g. short memory, Alzheimer disease) which makes activities related to technology challenging.
Opportunities and plans for the future (if applicable)N/A
Author / Provider / Organization responsibleCyprus Productivity Centre and the Labor Ministry
Contact details and websiteTel: 22806000
Email: info@kepa.mlsi.gov.cy
Web: https://www.e-gnosis.gov.cy/training/eskills55/
Information that you believe should be includedN/A
Skip to content